2017 Spring: 電腦輔助英語學習 Computer Assisted Language Learning

A tentative syllabus
科目名稱: 電腦輔助英語學習 (Computer Assisted Language Learning) 授課教師: 賴淑麗 Shu-li (Sally) Lai
授課班級: 通識選修 學分/時數: 2/2
Email: shulilai@gmail.com Time/Location: Tuesday (13:30 to 15:15) Language Lab (2)
研究室: 承曦樓 904 (by appointment) Course webiste: https://www.shulilai.idv.tw
A variety of online materials (audio files, video clips, reading texts, freeware), to be announced.
Overview of the course
This course aims to increase students’ understanding of computer assisted language learning. Students will get familiar with the language resources on the Internet, including websites and freeware, and learn how to use these resources to improve their English skills. Learning strategies will be demonstrated through tasks in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and vocabulary practice. Class activities include lectures, group/class discussion, online discussion, and class presentation.
Grading Policy
Weekly Assignments: 62% Reflection Paper: 20% Group Presentation: 18%
Course Requirements

  1. Be in class on time.
  2. If you have to miss a class for an unavoidable reason (e.g., sick leave, injury, family emergency), please contact me in person or email me in advance.No late assignments or make-up tests.
  3. Please switch your mobile phone to silent mode during class time. Unless it’s used for dictionary look up or for information searching, please don’t use your mobile phone during class time.
  4. There will be quizzes based on the materials presented in class. Please preview and review the class materials every week.
  5. Group Presentation: You’ll be forming into several groups. Each group will have to prepare a powerpoint presentation base on the assigned materials and answer the questions your classmates raise if any (20 minutes).

Link to the blogs

Group Project


Review the Google Syntax we discussed today.

Date Major textbook Materials Assignments
2/21 Orientation Please preview the article: An introduction to computer assisted language learning, by Phil Hubbard, Standford University. Be ready for the discussion next week.
2/28 No Class
3/7 An overview of CALL
An introduction to computer assisted language learning, by Phil Hubbard (ppt)
– Background Questionnaire
– Set up your blog
  • Blogging for ELThttps://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/blogging-elt
Assignment #1 Greetings!
–Add information to your personal profile, upload your photo, post your first greeting post. At least 80 words. (3/12 due)
e.g. your major, your interests, your hometown, your goal, etc.
***Late assignment will NOT be graded.
– Preview the article: CALL and Language Skills (html, pdf)
3/14 – CALL and Language Skills (html, pdf)
Internet & Vocabulary Tools: Deal with vocabulary problems
 – How to use a dictionary effectively?http://esl.fis.edu/learners/advice/dic.htm  #2 Vocabulary Exercise (3/19 due)
–Read the article: Trump planning to host Chinese present at Mar-a-Lago from CNN News. (3/13/2017)
–Look up 5 words/phrases that are new or confusing to you.
–List the words, their major definitions, and one example sentence (for each word) on your blog (using the dictionary I introduced to you this week).
–Leave comments on at least one of your classmates’ greeting post. (students from different classes)
3/21 Internet & Vocabulary Tool (2)


 How to add a widget/gadget to a blogger? (Link) #3 Vocabulary Exercise on Linggle
1. Vocabulary Exercise (on Linggle). Hand in next Tuesday.
2. Add blog list and tool list to your blog.
3. Preview Google Syntax.
3/28 Internet & Listening 1: podcast
1. What is a podcast?
2. A list of podcast for English learners
2. 6 Minute English
  • Note-taking skill (listen & write)
 # 4 Six Minute English
Choose one episode that interests you and write a summary of the episode (60 words, at least)
4/4 No Class
4/11 Internet & Listening 2: podcast
1. All Ears English Podcast
Google Search Engine
Google Search Operator (linklink, link)
1. 12 tips to search Google like an expert
2. Google Search Tips
3. Reference Book (超神!Google情報檢索術)
4. Google Toolbar
#5 All Ears English
Choose one episode of  your interest, and listen to it at least twice. (1) Write the words and sentence structures you learned from it. (2) your comments on it. (free in length).
4/18 Internet & Listening 3: Songs/musicals
1. How to learn English with songs?
2. 56 most inspirational songs of all time
3. http://lyricstraining.com/
4. Songfacts
Assignment #6 English song
–Find an English song that interests you.
–Post its lyrics, audio & video (if any) files on your blog
–Briefly introduce the song (Who is the singer? His/Her names and nationality?
–Three words you learned (with one example sentence each)
–Why you likes the song?
(60 words minimum)
4/25 Internet & Listening 4: Youtube
1. Song sharing
2. Group Presentation
3. Steve Jobs’ talk (video)
4. Talk script (link)
G1: Youtube & Language Learning (ppt, by Irene, *Mindy, Sandy, Samantha) Assignment #7 Steve Jobs’ Talk
— Create a link of Steve Jobs’ talk on your blog.
— 5 good words/sentences you learn (use learners’ dictionary)
— How do you like his 3 life stories? Can you relate them to any of your life experiences? or Does it inspire you in any way?
5/2 Internet & Speaking 3: TED Talk
1. Grit: The power of passion and perseverance (6 minutes)
2. A 12-year-old app developer (4 minutes)
3. What’s wrong with our food system (5 minutes)
4. Photos from a storm chaser (4 minutes)
5. Don’t eat the marshmallow (6 minutes)
G2: TED Talk & Language Learning (ppt, by *Dorothy, Sharon, Jean, Maggie, Amber) Assignment #8 TED Talk
Listen to  one of the talks on TED and read the talk scrip.
(1) Let me know which talk you listened to, then, you can either (2) Post 5 words/phrases you learn (Look up the words in the dictionary and give one example of each); OR (3) share your thoughts on the talk.
5/9 Internet & Speaking 1: My ET G3: My ET (*Sally, Cindy, Tina, Iris, Wendy)  Assignment #9 My ET (due on 5/14 (Sun)
—SPT test  (3 times)
–1.1 Self-Introduction (自我介紹)
–2.4 Asking for and receiving directions (問路)
–5.4 Goodbye
5/16 Internet & Speaking 2: My ET
— Talk Sharing: TED Talk
— Language Exchange (link)
Membership Info. (link)
— Chatbot
— Article (link)
Google Search Engine
Google Search Operator (linklink, link)
1. 12 tips to search Google like an expert
2. Google Search Tips
3. Reference Book (超神!Google情報檢索術)
4. Google Toolbar
Make sure you’ve finished Assignment 9.
5/23 Internet & Stories (Stories & Dramas)
Storyline Online
Dramas from BBC Learning English
Google Search Engine (Syntax)
 G4: An evaluation of an interactive CD (*Mary, Alex, Peggy)
  1. Explore the story and drama sites and see if you like it.
  2. Visit Studio Classroom online.
  3. Begin to think about your reflection paper. (Guideline for the reflection paper)
5/30 No Class
6/6 Open Courseware
MIT Open Courseware
G5: MOOCs and Open Course Ware (Vicky, Janice, Yuna, Silvia, James) Assignment #10 
1. Register for an account in edX.
2. Browse the website and find a course that interests you.
3. Watch the video (1 class meeting).
4. List the class you’ve watched (name of the class, from which school).
ps. You’re welcome to share your feelings in attending the MOOCs. (optional)
6/13 Internet & News
6/20 Reflection Paper Due (due on June 17, Saturday)
(Guideline for the reflection paper)
Check your weekly scores
Happy Winter Vacation!